Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone: To which is Added, an Account of the Present State of Medicine Among Them

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 21, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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Sierra Leone in West Africa is the subject of this 1803 work by English physician Thomas Winterbottom (1766-1859). In the 1790s he spent four years there working for the Sierra Leone Company (established by abolitionists to resettle ex-slaves), and combating diseases such as malaria and scurvy. He displays none of the pejorative views of Africa or its inhabitants that some of his contemporaries expressed, but has a very positive opinion of the country. Winterbottom describes the women as beautiful and graceful, and he dismisses racial differentiations based on skin colour as being absurd. In Volume 2 Winterbottom focuses on African medicine and common diseases found in Sierra Leone. He pays particular attention to cases of abortions and miscarriages, and to malnourished children. The author does not refrain from addressing circumcision and sexually transmitted diseases, and is intrigued by the role of magic in the native medical tradition.
 

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Contents

VOLUME
1
CHAP II
13
CHAP III
32
CHAP IV
50
CHAP V
82
CHAP VI
110
CHAP VII
127
Yam
139
CHAP X
176
CHAP XI
193
CHAP XII
205
CHAP XIII
219
Appendix No I An Account of Circumcision as it is prac
229
Appendix No II An Account of the African Bark
243
Appendix No III Remarks suggested by the Perusal
254
Appendix No IV Remarks of Professor Blumcnbach
275

CHAP IX
163

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